No clash during polls, says Hadi after signing of charter with Umno

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang (right) and his Umno counterpart, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, speak to reporters after the signing of the charter at PWTC today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Following the historic signing of a unity charter between PAS and Umno today, the Islamist party said it will not contest in the same seats Umno is contesting in the 15th general election.

“We will cooperate in the next general election,” PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang told reporters after the signing at Putra World Trade Centre.

“We have to realise that we have to be flexible in politics, according to time and situation. But what is important is that the cooperation will see us (PAS and Umno) not contesting in the same areas.”

However, Hadi said it was still too early to talk about GE15, adding that what was important now was to work for the people.

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who was present at the press conference, said he had discussed the cooperation with PAS with Barisan Nasional component parties MCA and MIC.

He said he would make a “formal statement” to the two parties at a meeting soon.

Asked if he would invite other parties to join the alliance, Zahid said there were no plans for it as yet.

“So far, it is only between our two parties and there is no objection from others,” he said.

He allayed fears among the other races, saying the alliance was to unite Malaysians and was not about extremism.

The cooperation was not only significant to Umno and PAS but was also a moment that Malaysians had been waiting for, Zahid said.